Ernesto Rodrigues has, of all players in the field of non-idiomatic improv, been the most manifest on the internet, with what is now already his third net-label release (also having his music out on ctrl-alt-canc and Stasisfield). Within this present constellation (together with Libanese avantists Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui) a musical universe is conjured which, lacking any figurative tendencies, can be characterised as a very hylic affair - dealing as it does with the 'lowest' portion of musical matter, letting for no instance of sublimation. The grittiness, the very elemental quality of the sonorities are something of a very coarse-definition blow-up of the respective instrument's material properties (being violin, guitar & saxophone), a white-noise produced by solely analogue mechanics. Under the stress & strain of several extended techniques the acoustic possibilities that these instruments intrinsically possess are elicited from the marrow of their material structure, which is not a pretty picture. It is, in fact, not a picture at all, but rather an instance of the deconstruction of Maya.
If you're claustrophobic or don't like been forced into a corner, be forewarned. Ernesto Rodrigues's free jazz-like electroacoustic improvisions have been chararacterized as challenging and compelling - coming at you at an unrelenting pace from all directions. Challenging because it's not easy listening - compelling because it's forceful in its approach. "Sable EP" is no exception. Dense improvised layers of acoutistic sounds, feedback, and abstract percussive textures create a thick wall of dense noise and drones which often contrast with more minimal, sparser moments. It took me several careful listens to fully appreciate this wonderful electroacoustic improvision, and now I'm cornered with no chance of escape. -LAJ-